Every single show David Dixon ever did was beautiful but there was something about this one that can never be matched.
For his latest collection, David Dixon has partnered with Women’s College Hospital’s (WCH) Dr. John Semple, a world-renowned breast cancer surgeon and gifted artist. Together, they have created an exquisite silk scarf featuring a watercolour painting by Dr. Semple that was inspired by the extraordinary courage and resilience of women facing cancer – an inner strength that Dr. Semple has witnessed time and again. It was the feeling of warmth and hope that underpinned the development of the scarf and the rest of David’s spring 2018 collection.
“Our first question was: How do we create a conversation about talking about something that affects all of us? Everyone I know has been affected by cancer, in one shape or form, or another. The important thing was to bring an element that everyone can kind of understand. And that’s fashion. I realized that a lot of people pay a lot of attention to fashion because everybody follows it, or at least understands the clothing.”
In addition to the three opening looks, which featured reproduced elements of Dr. Semple’s painting, David’s latest collection showcased a range of flowing gowns and statement pantsuits in a palette of white, blue, yellow, and chartreuse. Ruffles, sheer panels and appliqués accented the various silhouettes – offering something for all style personalities.
“I want women wearing my clothes to feel good about themselves. It’s about being authentic to yourself and who you are inside.”
The scarf itself is available for purchase at www.womenforwomens.ca. Proceeds will support the highest priority needs of WCH, including the new Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers – an innovative new partnership between WCH and the Canadian Cancer Society with a vision to transform care for women’s cancers across Canada.
David Dixon is considered one of the most respected Canadian’s fashion designers whose work has been featured on Project Runway and on the pages of leading fashion magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire and Flare. David established his own fashion label in 1995, headquartered in his hometown of Mississauga. David Dixon designs are available throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe, Hong Kong, Tokyo and the United Arab Emirates.
Photos courtesy of Toronto Women’s Fashion Week & my personal archives